The first-of-its-kind paint has been made in India to reinvent the age-old Indian tradition- coating houses with Cow Dung.
Throughout history, manure has had multiple uses- as a fertiliser, energy source, soil alteration, and even as a building material for rural makeshift architecture to store livestock and poultry. Manure includes several components that are useful and recyclable, including nutrients, organic matter, and solids. With today’s technology, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in India has developed ‘Khadi Prakritik Paint’, a paint made from cow dung.
Reviving Age-Old Tradition - Cow Dung Turned Into Paint
Among many revolutionary innovations emerging from rural India, this unique paint deserves praise. According to the Press Information Bureau, on 12 January, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME launched this one of a kind paint.
The Khadi Prakritik Paint is claimed to be a non-toxic, eco-friendly, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial paint. It is cost-effective and even odourless, despite real cow dung as its vital ingredient. The paint bears the approval stamp from the Bureau of Indian Standards. There will be two types of Khadi Prakritik Paint available: distemper and plastic emulsion.
The paint has been successfully tested under various parameters such as paint application, thinning properties, drying time, and finish. Remarkably, it dries in less than four hours and has a clean, uniform finish.
At the launch event, Minister Nitin Gadkari explained that bringing a non-toxic cow dung paint is also a part of prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision to increase farmers’ income and improve the rural economy.
The paint will be priced at Rs. 120 per litre for distemper and Rs. 225 per litre for emulsion. The paint has also been tested at three national laboratories, namely National Test House, Mumbai; Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi and National Test House, Ghaziabad.
At present, the manufacturing unit of Prakritik Paint at KVIC’s Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute in Jaipur has the daily capacity to produce 500 litres of paint, which provides ten people with direct jobs.
Cow Dung Paint - Helps Save The Environment
Ordinary paints contain chemicals that can be detrimental to human health. They evaporate into the atmosphere as the paint dries and humans can inhale the poisonous fume. According to the World Health Organization, skilled painters have a 20% increased risk of various cancers, particularly lung cancer.
Scientifically, cow manure is rich in minerals, especially nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It can promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms when combined with soil. While the cow dung paint may sound a little weird at first, but it has its benefits for the environment.
Quality At Cheap Prices
Since cow dung is heat resistant, it acts as an insulator that keeps the heat out in the summer. And in winter, it keeps the heat it inside. It is not only bacteria-free, but it does a decent job of killing it as well. It also helps protects from UV radiations by keeping a watch on them, as it has radium in it.
With this, cow dung also helps in improving the air quality around us. The anti-septic nature of it is what makes it non-toxic and eco-friendly. Lastly, the cost of one cow dung ranges from Rs. 7 to Rs. 10, making the paint cheap, and one can afford it easily. It sure does sound weird, but cow dung paint is actually pretty impressive in its qualities when juxtaposed against the conventional paints.